Dr Kimberley Kavanagh

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I am a statistician, with a 5-year chancellor’s fellowship award, collaborating with researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and consultants in the NHS and international partners on data driven solutions to problems in public health and epidemiology.  My work has helped to shape public health policy, in particular my work evaluating the impact of the HPV vaccination has provided the evidence base for vaccine and cervical screening policy in Scotland and contributed to the international evidence base.

In light of this research, I was awarded the 2018 Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal for recognition of my “outstanding, internationally renowned research in public health epidemiology and health informatics”.

My publications span the fields of statistics, informatics, medicine and epidemiology with publications in top-ranking journals such as Lancet Infectious Diseases and the BMJ. My statistical expertise lies in the analysis and modelling of large observational health datasets with research interest in the fields of public health epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and digital health.

With my research expertise, highly cited articles and high impact publications, and growing research group, I am collaborating with colleagues to create an internationally renowned centre in statistical epidemiology and health informatics, spanning the departments of Mathematics and Statistics, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and Computer and Information Science.

I am an active contributor to my statistical community, elected to the Council of the Royal Statistical Society in 2014, where I currently hold the post of honorary officer for conferencing and events with responsibility for organisation and strategy of their international conference.


Droplet digital PCR quantification suggests that higher viral load correlates with improved survival in HPV-positive oropharyngeal tumours
Stevenson A, Wakeham K, Pan J, Kavanagh K, Millan D, Bell S, McLellan D, Graham SV, Cuschieri K
Journal of Clinical Virology Vol 129 (2020)
Use of record linkage to evaluate treatment outcomes and trial eligibility in a real-world metastatic prostate cancer population in Scotland
Baillie Kelly, Mueller Tanja, Pan Jiafeng, Laskey Jennifer, Bennie Marion, Crearie Christine, Kavanagh Kimberley, Alvarez-Madrazo Samantha, Morrison David, Clarke Julie, Keel Aileen, Cameron David, Wu Olivia, Kurdi Amanj, Jones Robert J
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Vol 29, pp. 653-663 (2020)
Head and neck cancer risk calculator (HaNC-RC) – v.2. adjustments and addition of symptoms and social history factors
Tikka Theofano, Kavanagh Kimberley, Lowit Anja, Jiafeng Pan, Burns Harry, Nixon Iain J, Paleri Vinidh, MacKenzie Kenneth
Clinical Otolaryngology (2020)
Residual effect of community antimicrobial exposure on risk of hospital onset healthcare associated Clostridioides difficile infection : a case-control study using national linked data
Pan J, Kavanagh K, Marwick C, Davey P, Wuiff C, Bryson S, Robertson C, Bennie M
Journal of Hospital Infection Vol 103, pp. 259-267 (2019)
Characteristics and hospital activity of elderly patients receiving admission avoidance home visits : a population-level record linkage study
Martin Maria Cristina, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Woolman Paul, Kavanagh Kimberley, Young David
MEDINFO 2019 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2019 Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Vol 264, pp. 556-560 (2019)
Seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness in people with asthma : a national test-negative design case-control study
Vasileiou Eleftheria, Sheikh Aziz, Butler Chris C, Robertson Chris, Kavanagh Kimberley, Englishby Tanya, Lone Nazir I, von Wissmann Beatrix, McMenamin Jim, Ritchie Lewis D, Schwarze Jürgen, Gunson Rory, Simpson Colin R
Clinical Infectious Diseases (2019)

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Professional activities

Royal Statistical Conference 2019
NHS National Institute for Health Research (External organisation)
Royal Statistical Society Conference Board (External organisation)
Royal Statistical Society Conference 2017
Invited speaker
Royal Statistical Society (External organisation)

More professional activities


Assessment of cardiovascular diseases risk profile and management in HIV-infected patients in Kenya: A local situation analysis to inform future development of quality improvement interventions
Kurdi, Amanj (Principal Investigator) ACHIENG, Loice (Principal Investigator) Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Godman, Brian (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) Doctoral Training Centre
Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
The focus of the STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) DTC is to develop a centre of excellence in the linkage and analysis of data across disciplines. With an initial focus on health and healthcare delivery, STRADDLE will deliver linkage and innovative analysis of data from the molecular to population level, to achieve new insights and to maximize the value of health research data. There are 3 fully funded, 3.5 year PhD studentships are available to highly motivated UK and EU students. Successful applicants will be trained as the next generation of data scientists and develop skills and know how to deliver on the integration of diverse clinical data types – from molecules to man to populations.
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
SDTC Digital Health Systems TEC PhD
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection Protocol (ECONI) - Socioeconomic Impact of HAI and modelling for future investment in Infection Prevention and Control measures in NHS Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI) (SIRN Consortium Mark 2) | Tydeman, Florence
Kavanagh, Kimberley (Principal Investigator) Robertson, Chris (Co-investigator) Tydeman, Florence (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
Using Data Analytics to optimise perioperative medicine patient care pathways at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital - PhD scholarship, £58,059
Bouamrane, Matt-Mouley (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Schraag, Stefan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020

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